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1/22/14 6:22 A

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Thanks, JTOWAN. Advice on publishing is a plus for new writers!!

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1/21/14 8:11 P

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I recommend Tom Bird. You can get a lot of inspiration and information, audio etc. from his site. Most interesting is his lecture on publishing - great info for those just starting out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkXiYzfHu7E

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1/20/14 4:20 P

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That's good. I have a subscription to the New England Journal of Medicine and frequently visit the Cleveland Clinic and May Clinic sites.

Also, Spark, in the health section, has a very comprehensive list of diseases and conditions, both physical and mental - what causes them, curable or incurable prognosis, etc.

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1/20/14 3:33 P

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For anyone with characters visiting a doctor, here's a medical dictionary -
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It couldn't be.

No one who knows me could be convinced that I am anything but naughty, but in a nice way.

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12/14/13 9:46 A

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Nothing like being told that your writing is "mean and lean." I'll have to dig out one of my health tips - I've written exactly 2,249 of 'em - and send them through the website to see whether I'm wordy or wise.

Is that like being naughty or nice?

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12/14/13 2:12 A

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Only someone with no heart would think that writers don't need a boost to their ego - just like anyone else.

I have to admit, it did the same thing to me, too!

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12/12/13 8:09 A

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That's pretty neat. I took the first 700 words of my novel and got Fit and Trim. Still needs a ton of work though. Then I took the last 700 words and got Fit and Trim as well. I know my first thousand words or so of it are way better than the last ( I got super lazy when I just wanted to 'finish'. It is an interesting tool, but yeah, you have to make intelligent decisions on what to improve on your own.

I will admit it did give me a bit of a self confidence boost.

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Here is a site where you can check how "lean" or "flabby" your writing is. There is a free tool to use, but it will only analyze up to a 1000 words.

I gave it a sample of my writing (500+ words) and it told me my prose was "good and lean". I took that rating under advisement, but didn't get too excited. As a technical writer, I had to do away with a lot of superfluous wordage to keep some of the manuals down to 2-3 inches thick.

The inventor of this system admits that this is not the "be all, end all" solution to your writing because it doesn't take any of your style into account. She admits to testing both Hemingway and Faulkner's writing with very different results..

Hemingway wrote tight paragraphs throughout his books, and the sample she used gave his writing a "lean, muscular" rating. As if you couldn't tell that just by reading.

Faulkner, however, came back as "flabby". With his use of adverbs and adjectives, I'm not really surprised at that, either.

If you find yourself meandering along in your story, you might want to take a peek at this tool. It may be just what you need to get a good, tight hold on your book/short story, etc. Then again it may not.

The author made another BIG POINT. While this little tool can help you tighten your work up, it can't tell you if your writing is "Great, good, passable or awful". (See Faulkner reference above,)

www.writersdiet.com/WT.php?home

Good luck and good learning. Remember that writing teaches you what works (or your critics will tell you what doesn't work). If you get 5 sets of feedback that intimates that you should change part of the way you write, don't be upset. The critiques should not be biting or acerbic, but if someone insists on trying to browbeat you just because they can, hit the delete key and remove them from your writing life.

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12/2/13 11:23 A

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Here's a grammar website attached to Purdue University with more than 200 free resources:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/

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12/1/13 11:25 A

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Thanks, Sailor64 - can't forget about those oldies but goodies!!



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12/1/13 8:46 A

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Here are a few more references that are inexpensive. They are low tech because they are BOOKS and should be on every writer's desk within arm's reach.

Webster's New English Dictionary: a BOOK you can buy for a lifetime subscription of $1.00 or less at most used book stores. Bonus feature, it has all of the other books in it. emoticon

Roget's Thesaurus. Great for finding just the right word to use in nearly any situation. Bonus Feature: Can be purchased in Pocket size. Usually 25 cents or less at the used book store.

Other places you can get reference books: Public Library, Used Book Store, Goodwill. These places take a bit more effort than clicking a button, but they don't require a subscription.

And if you need to know what inboxia or Ihh means, ask any 14 year old. Also free, but can come with an attitude. (Now that's funny)

Just call me "old school" with the emphasis on old.

Good luck with your writing.

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11/29/13 7:26 A

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Here's a short list of links to helpful writing resources. Not all are free, so check the subscription requirements carefully!

Please add to this list. The web has hundreds of excellent writing resources, so share what you know!!

Visual Thesaurus
www.visualthesaurus.com/

Try it free for 14 days and after that, it’s $19.95 per year. More than just a list of synonyms, VT is the place to go when you’re stuck looking for the “right” way to say something. Includes language Blogs, articles, and many extras.

Urban dictionary
www.urbandictionary.com/

What is “inboxia?” You know lol but what about “lhh?” Urban dictionary answers these questions and more. Add your own definitions to words and phrases.

Oxford English Dictionary
http://www.oed.com/

Pricey at $295 a year, although there’s a monthly subscription if you want something a little less permanent. But lots of free stuff to look at. Worth a visit if words are your passion!

Writers.com
http://www.writers.com/welcome.html

Classes and contests. Interesting content. Free subscription with a “premium” subscription.

Daily grammar
http://www.dailygrammar.com/

Get a grammar lessons by email. Looks like they are now connected to Grammarly, where you can enter a paragraph or page and get a grammar and plagiarism check.


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